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Program Management Specialist, Orphans & Vulnerable Children (OVC) Job in Nairobi

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) seeks to hire aProgram Management Specialist, Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) in its Office of Population & Health (OPH), USAID/Kenya. 

The position is open to qualified Kenyan citizens and is based in Nairobi.

Basic Function of Position:

The OVC Specialist provides technical, operational, and management support of the OVC portion of the HIV/AIDS portfolio on behalf of the entire US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) team in USAID/Kenya.

The OVC Specialist is responsible for strengthening the technical capacity of the host government, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), community-based organisations (CBOs), and faith-based organisations (FBOs), to address the multi-dimensional needs of OVC.

The OVC Specialist is responsible for coordinating OVC and policy issues with the Government of Kenya, the US Government, USAID colleagues, other donors, and NGOs working in the area of HIV/AIDS.

He/she serves as a resource and point person for the entire Kenya PEPFAR team and assists in the implementation of PEPFAR priorities and the activities set forth in the “Orphans and Other Vulnerable Children Programming Guidance” by the Office of the US Global AIDS Coordinator
 (OGAC). The OVC Specialist provides technical expertise in cross-cutting and multi-sectoral approaches to OVC.

Required Qualifications:

Any application that does not meet the minimum requirements stated below will not be evaluated.

Only short listed applicants will be contacted.

If you have not been contacted within one month from the closing date of this advertisement, please consider your application unsuccessful.

 A Master’s degree in public health, international development, social science or a closely related field is required.

Experience (40%):
 7-10 years of mid- to senior-level progressively responsible professional experience in Health/HIV/AIDS program development and implementation, with specific experience working on community and OVC issues. Experience in developing, implementing, and evaluating HIV/AIDS OVC programs that involve coordination with an international agency
or implementing partners is required.

Knowledge (30%):
 Knowledge of HIV/AIDS epidemiology and current strategies for treatment, care, prevention, with emphasis on OVC issues, is essential. 

Must have thorough knowledge of HIV/AIDS program design, implementation, and evaluation in general and OVC issues in particular.

Good working knowledge of HIV/AIDS public health programs, strategies, methods, processes and techniques used to plan develop, implement and evaluate results of OVC program is required.

Good working knowledge of team management techniques to plan and organize, direct project teams and activities and overall administrative requirements, budgeting and fiscal management in support of contracts/cooperative agreements is required.

Skills and Abilities (30%):
 Ability to analyze, understand and discuss new program design, management and implementation approaches is required. 

Ability to lead project
teams and work groups, and to develop effective working relationships with national and international working partners is required. 

Considerable innovation will be required to influence other collaborative organizations engaged in HIV/AIDS OVC programs to adopt appropriate strategies for their program activities.

Strong skills with interpretation of program monitoring and evaluation of data are required.

Those fulfilling the requirements of the position should submit their application together with a detailed CV and all relevant attachments to the following address:

Human Resources Office
Re: Program Management Specialist, OVC
P.O. Box 629, Village Market 00621,
Nairobi, Kenya

Application must reach the USAID office by COB January 6, 2012.

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